Purdue announces no tuition increases through 2018-19

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue University President Mitch Daniels announced Monday the university will not increase tuition through the 2018-19 academic year.

Tuition will stay at 2012 rates, marking the sixth straight year of flat tuition. The costs are as follows: in-state students pay $10,002, out-of-state students pay $28,804 and international students pay $30,804.

Daniels said based on a careful review of Purdue’s finances, the university “can continue our policy of tuition restraint while maintaining competitive compensation levels and an aggressive program of investment in teaching and research.”

“Through the cooperation of units and individual leaders all over campus, Purdue students and their families will pay less to attend Purdue in 2019 than they did in 2012,” Daniels said in a news release. “We’re unaware of any other American university that can make that statement.”

Daniels also announced the university will offer a 2.5 percent merit raise pool for employees in 2017.

He said the freeze is important for future students to consider, as it is currently enrollment season.

“At Purdue it’s seen as a place that really cares about keeping costs down, a place where you’re less likely to be surprised by increases sophomore, and junior and senior year,” Daniels said. “And so it’s helped us attract great students, but more of them. And that’s the single biggest way we’re continuing to maintain this policy.”

For room and board costs, Purdue dropped from having the second highest rates in the Big Ten to having the third lowest.

Daniels said Purdue is the only school in the country who has had a tuition freeze like this.